February 22, 2012 |
Ryan Gomes admits he is in a "slump. " A backup small forward with the Clippers, Gomes said his offense has been subpar and that it should be better. Gomes understood why the Clippers looked elsewhere for a scoring punch off the bench behind starter Caron Butler . He was aware that the Clippers tried to sign free agent J.R. Smith (he signed with New York) and that the team worked out seven players recently. Gomes, who is averaging 2.6 points and shooting 33.7%, said he understands why Clippers fans and the media wonder about his play.
February 20, 2012 |
Reporting from Oakland -- The Clippers have read about it in stories, heard about it on television and on the radio and listened to it from family members, friends and fans. Yes, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said, his team does practice inbounding the basketball frequently. He said they work on end-of-game situations, last-second plays, two-pointers, tipins, three-pointers, side out of bounds and full-court stuff. It became an issue for the Clippers after Ryan Gomes' inbounds pass to Chris Paul during Saturday's game against the San Antonio Spurs led to a turnover.
February 18, 2012 |
An hour later, I still wanted to chant it. An hour after Chris Paul stunned his giddy teammates and silenced the raucous Staples Center by literally throwing away a Clippers victory to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, I wanted to chant it louder than ever. As I sift through the rubble of the Spurs' 103-100 overtime win, I'm still wondering, why won't more Clippers fans chant it? "M-V-P … M-V-P … M-V-P. " He didn't hear it at the free-throw line, and he won't be feeling it on the streets, but Paul has been the NBA's most valuable player in the first half of the season, and what happened Saturday confirmed that.
January 30, 2012 |
Before the season started, Ryan Gomes knew he wouldn't be starting at small forward for the Clippers and that his playing time would decline when the team signed free-agent forward Caron Butler . Gomes, who was playing only 16.5 minutes per game and averaging 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds before Monday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, said he has to stay patient and be professional. He started 62 games last season for the Clippers — he played in 72 games — and averaged 27.6 minutes, 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds.
December 25, 2011 |
Reporting from Oakland -- The Clippers think they have a strong bench, especially with Mo Williams now being a reserve after having been a starter last season. With the shortened, 66-game regular-season schedule because of the lockout, it will be even more important for the Clippers' substitutes to be effective. Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said he has the ability to go deep into his rotation, maybe even as far as 10 players. "I feel very confident in our bench," Del Negro said.
December 22, 2011 |
With the Clippers these days, the roles are forever changing. For Ryan Gomes, his role has changed from last season, something he knew would happen when the Clippers told him they were looking to upgrade at his small forward position. He was the starter last season, but now he is a reserve behind Caron Butler, whom the Clippers signed in free agency to a three-year, $24-million contract. "My thoughts were that we got a guy who played in the playoffs a lot," Gomes said about Butler after practice Thursday.